Half Century Trojans

Who are the Half Century Trojans (HCTs)? We’re a vibrant community of all USC alumni (including bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral and professional degree holders) who earned a bachelor’s degree from any college or university at least 50 years ago. As caretakers of USC history and tradition, HCTs are uniquely positioned to promote the Trojan Spirit and strengthen the bonds that connect USC alumni lifelong and worldwide.

Half Century Trojans Commencement Procession

The University of Southern California and the USC Alumni Association thank the Half Century Trojans for attending USC’s 139th Annual Commencement ceremony and marching with fellow Half Century Trojans in the academic procession. We are so grateful to have dedicated alumni like yourselves who continue to stay involved with the University and celebrate our newest members of the Trojan Family. It was a special experience to have everyone together for the first on-campus commencement since 2019!

Thank you for your unwavering dedication to the Trojan Family and for participating in this longstanding tradition. We hope to see you at future USC Alumni Association and Half Century Trojans events. Still Fighting On!

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2022 Going Back to College Day Welcome

On behalf of the Half Century Trojans Board and the USC Alumni Association, thank you for participating in our second annual virtual Half Century Trojans Going Back to College Day on February 17, 2022! First held in 2009, Going Back to College Day offers an opportunity for alumni like us who graduated 50 or more years ago to renew our Trojan pride. During this year’s program, we learned about the exciting USC of today and reconnected online with former classmates.

Thank you for “going back to college” with us and please enjoy the below recording of our day together.

Still Fighting On!

Sally Edwards ’65
President, Half Century Trojans

Virtual Program

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Patrick Auerbach

Patrick E. Auerbach EdD ’08
Patrick E. Auerbach serves as the associate senior vice president for alumni relations and manages all USC Alumni Association (USCAA) operations. He advances USC’s mission by developing and implementing programs, events and services to engage the Trojan Family’s diverse alumni constituency of more than 451,000; to that end, he works closely with the USCAA Board of Governors. In addition, he supervises the USC Associates, the university’s premier academic support group.

USC Provost Chip Zukoski poses for a portrait Thursday, Oct 3, 2019. (USC Photo/Gus Ruelas)

Charles F. Zukoski
Charles F. Zukoski serves as USC’s provost and senior vice president for academic affairs. He also holds the Shelly and Ofer Nemirovsky Provost’s Chair. As the university’s second-ranking administrator, he oversees the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences, the Keck School of Medicine of USC, and the university’s 21 other professional schools and academic units, in addition to USC’s museums, and the divisions of student affairs, libraries, research, student religious life and enrollment services.

USC Skate Studies: Skateboarding, Schools, and Society

Zoe Corwin

Zoë B. Corwin MA ’07, PhD ’08
Zoë B. Corwin is an associate research professor at the USC Rossier School of Education’s Pullias Center for Higher Education. Her research focuses on college preparation programs and access to financial aid for underserved students, college pathways for foster youth, and the role of social media and games in postsecondary access and completion. She also teaches applied educational ethnography at the USC Rossier School and directs the Pullias Center’s Collegeology Games project.

Neftalie Williams

Neftalie Williams ’12, MPD ’14
Neftalie Williams is a provost postdoctoral scholar at the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism and a visiting fellow in race, culture & community at the Yale Schwarzman Center. In his research, he explores global issues of race, diversity, identity and youth empowerment through the lens of skateboarding and action sports culture. As the U.S. State Department’s first sports envoy for skateboarding, he introduced the concept of skateboarding as a tool for cultural diplomacy.

Clinical Virtual Reality: A Brief Review of the Future!

Albert Rizzo

Albert “Skip” Rizzo
Albert “Skip” Rizzo is the director of medical virtual reality at the USC Institute for Creative Technologies.  He conducts research on the design, development and evaluation of virtual reality systems targeting the areas of clinical assessment, treatment rehabilitation and resilience; this work spans the domains of psychological, cognitive and motor functioning in both healthy and clinical populations. He also holds research appointments with the Keck School of Medicine of USC and the USC Davis School of Gerontology.

Social Change and the Roles We Play

Rissell Agustin

Russell Agustin
Russell Agustin is a sophomore majoring in public policy at the USC Sol Price School of Public Policy. Passionate about youth engagement and environmental action, he founded a nonprofit, Sole2Soul, which promotes sustainability and healthy living through reusing and repurposing athletic shoes. He also serves as a researcher for the USC student podcast Eco Alarm, which produces stories about successful environmental initiatives, and as a USC Undergraduate Student Government senator.

The Future of the Trojan Marching Band

Jacob Vogel

Jacob Vogel MM ’11
Jacob Vogel began his tenure as the director of the USC Trojan Marching Band on January 1, 2021. He previously served as the band’s associate director and arranger. In that role, he divided his time between creating contemporary arrangements and contributing to the band members’ continuing music education. He is also an associate professor of practice in winds and percussion in the USC Thornton School of Music, where he is currently pursuing his doctorate.


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The Half Century Trojan Scholarship Program

A merit-based scholarship, the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship is awarded to undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. Your gift will help ensure that a USC education remains within reach for the children and grandchildren of alumni who want to make USC a family tradition. Currently 20 $10,000 scholarships are awarded annually.

Contact the USC Dornsife Office of Advancement by calling (213) 740-4990 or visit dornsife.usc.edu/giving to make a donation.


The scholarship is open to continuing undergraduate students who are direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. These scholarships can be renewed for the remainder of the recipient’s undergraduate career at USC, based on continued strong academic performance. Scholarship recipients must meet the academic standards adopted by the Half Century Trojans Board of Directors. Scholarship recipients may pursue any academic major in any USC school.


The Selection Process

Selected applicants are invited to interview with the Half Century Trojans Selection Committee. Applicants should provide evidence of academic achievement, leadership, participation in extracurricular activities, work experience and a commitment to community service.



Support for the Half Century Trojans Endowed Scholarship Fund can be provided in a variety of forms, including cash, appreciated securities, real estate or other assets. Contributions can also be made through wills, living trusts, charitable gift annuities, or any combination of these devices. Whatever its structure, each gift to the scholarship fund benefits talented students at USC.

To make a gift directly online, please see below Give Now button:

Giving Website

If send contribution via check, please complete and mail  this form  along with a check made out to the USC Half Century Trojan Scholarship, to the following address:

USC Half Century Trojans Scholarship Fund
Epstein Family Alumni Center
3607 Trousdale Parkway, TCC 305
Los Angeles, CA 90089-3106



The USCAA Half Century Trojans Scholarships began in Fall 1998 with an award of $2500 to one freshman student. Today we award $10,000 to each scholarship student per year. This year we have 22 undergraduate students each having a relative who graduated from USC at least 50 years ago.

Over the past 22 years HCT has been able to provide scholarship assistance to 113 very worthy students. The Scholarship program is funded by 7 trust funds plus yearly gifts from individuals.

The USC Half Century Trojans appreciate the leadership of dedicated members who have served as Scholarship Chair over the past 22 years. Departed Trojan Wes Rollo ’40 began the Scholarship program in 1998 with one student scholar and was able to increase the funding to support 3 scholarships when he retired in 2003. W. Terry Pearson ’53, MS ’63 assumed the chairmanship in 2003. He persuaded a friend, who already had a family trust fund with the University, to contribute $1.5 million to the HCT Scholarship fund. The Committee was then able to raise the annual scholarship award to $5000 and then to $10,000 per year. Sue Corwin Schaar ’56 assumed the chairmanship in 2012 and held it until Hugh Helm ’56, JD ’69 succeeded her in 2014. During Hugh’s tenure the Committee has raised the number of annual rewards to 20 students. This year Hugh is joined in the chairmanship with Sara Jane Philippi Bettge ’66. The Half Century Trojans are grateful for the dedicated service of the Scholarship Chairs and Committees.


Words of Appreciation

“I am a rising senior studying Global Health with minors in Public Relations and Consumer Behavior. I will also be pursuing a progressive degree in the Master of Health Administration through the Price School of Public Policy. My grandfather, Tsukasa Saneto completed his degree at USC in 1949, five years after his release from the Japanese-American internment camps during WWII. For my family, my grandfather’s USC degree held the key to re-starting his life and recovering from the turmoil of the war. Although my ojisan passed when I was a baby, receiving the Half Century Trojan scholarship allows me to feel connected with my family’s history and celebrate my grandfather’s accomplishments.”
—Justin Kawaguchi, Class of 2021 (Keck)

“I am a rising senior majoring in neuroscience and minoring in music studies in classical piano and my parents and grandparents are graduates of USC. Since joining the Trojan Family, I have formed a student volunteer organization called Medicinal Music Makers and the organization’s goal is to perform and 3D print musical instruments for its patients, their families, and hospital staff. During this pandemic, I have shifted the organization to a virtual, online platform where people are able to view musical performances online, whenever they want to. I sincerely appreciate the financial support and recognition of the Half Century Scholarship toward my future goals of serving the medical community.”
—Valerie Narumi, Class of 2021 (Dornsife)

“From start to finish, my experience with the Half Century Trojans has been remarkable and extremely rewarding to my career aspirations and personal development. Being a graduating senior with a B.S. in Human Development and Aging, I look forward to helping create a world where everyone can age with dignity, autonomy, and retained individuality. I know that my studies at USC have prepared me to accomplish this, and I could not be more thankful to the Half Century Trojans for allowing me the financial leverage to pursue this passion in an incredibly important field. Four generations of my family are Trojans, and we all thank you so much for allowing me this privilege! You are truly a testament to the Trojan Family!”
—Shannon Hennessy, Class of 2020 (Gerontology)

“The unbelievable support of the Half Century Trojans at USC has allowed for me to graduate from the school of my dreams without the burden of student debt. Over these past four years, I have been able to conduct research in the Child Interviewing Lab in our Gould School of Law, lead countless tours of campus with the USC Admission Center, and co-found a volunteering organization on campus which provides complimentary beauty makeovers to men and women in senior homes; without your organization’s encouragement, I would not have had the means to pursue these activities that have so deeply changed my life. As I exit USC as a fourth generation Trojan with an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a double minor in Forensics & Criminality and Individuals, Societies, & Aging, I am thrilled to be moving to Chicago in the fall as I begin working towards my Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy at Northwestern University! Thank you, from the bottom of my heart, for your generosity. Fight On Forever!”
—Samantha Hardy, Class of 2020 (Dornsife)

“I am entering my sophomore year as a Dornsife student majoring in Narrative Studies. I’m ecstatic to embark on my second year as a member of both the Trojan Marching Band and the Alpha Delta Pi sorority. I am extremely proud to follow in the footsteps of my grandfather (USC Class of ’49), and I am so humbled by the support of the Half Century Trojans who not only celebrate my family’s Trojan past, but are actively nurturing my future.”
—Jordan Evans, Class of 2022 (Dornsife)

“I am a junior majoring in business administration with emphasis in real estate finance. I am directly connected to USC through my great-grandmother, Thelma Estes Brown, as well as indirectly through my parents who are diehard Trojans and always took me to USC football games growing up. The HCT Scholarship means an incredible amount to me, and I fully intend to pay it forward! The HCT Scholarship will help to alleviate some of the financial burden on my family and allow me to better pursue my many passions, for which I am extremely grateful.”
—Grant Uberstine, Class of 2021 (Marshall)

“I am a junior majoring in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention and also currently working towards a Master’s Degree in Global Medicine. I come from a long line of Trojans—my great-grandfather graduated from USC in 1923; both of my grandparents met at USC and graduated in 1951; and I have two uncles who graduated from USC in the ’70s. As a transfer student, I am incredibly humbled and grateful to have been chosen for the HCT Scholarship, and I feel so lucky to be at such an amazing institution which has quickly grown to be my home.”
—Marissa Anderson, Class of 2021 (Keck)

“I am a junior studying business and economics at USC. My Trojan connection is through my grandfather, Edward “Ted” May, who received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from USC in 1955, as well as his master’s degree in science and engineering in 1967. The HCT Scholarship has truly helped create a ‘Trojan Family,’ as my earning it has allowed my parents to afford sending my younger sister to USC as well—she is beginning her Trojan journey this fall.”
—Nick Basch, Class of 2021 (Marshall)



Sally Jobgen Edwards ’65, President
Jay Berger  ’66, MS ’67, PhD ’71, President-Elect
Janet Harris Tonkovich ’64*, Past President
Diane Barkelew Wallace ‘69, Recording Secretary
Diana Chipps Jones Geosano ‘69, Corresponding Secretary



Don Garner ‘66, Awards
Neil B. Martin ’64, JD ‘67, Bylaws and Policy
Trish Foley Vick ’67, Events
Robert E. Lutz ‘68, Global Outreach
Doug Yarrow ‘68, Global Outreach
Derald Sidler ‘67, History
Janet Harris Tonkovich ’64*, Nominations
Sara Jane Philippi Bettge ’66, MS ‘67, Scholarship
Robert A. Frinier ’63, MBA ’69*, Social Media/Communications



Dann Angeloff ’58**
Sue Bennett ’69
Bob Brockmeier ’63
Seymour Canter ’55**
Dan Cassidy ’59**
Jim Childs ’61*
Sharon DeBriere ’55
Candy Duncan ’52
Janet Eddy ’53**
Jim Eddy ’52**
Millie Farnsworth ’46**
Miller Fong ’64
Karen Hackett ’68
Gary Iseminger ’69
Tommy Kuenster ’57
Laurie Love ’70, ’93
Cinda Lucas ’70
Jim Maddux ’56**
Jim Manos ’54, MS ’59, PhD ’74
Mary Manos ’58
Bob Padgett ’67
Terry Pearson ’53, MS ’63**
Patti Poon ’65
Lorna Reed ’58**
Al Shonk ’54**
Derald Sidler ’67
Sheila Smith ’70
Alli Solum ’59*
Abe Somer ’57, JD ’62*
Marilyn Thomas ’63
Charla Tindall ’67
Candy Yee ’68, MS ’69

* Past Presidents
** Presidents Emeriti
(Former Half Century Trojan presidents who faithfully served our alumni group for more than five years after their presidential tenure).



Christina Denning
Associate Director, Alumni Affinity Programs, USC Alumni Association

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get involved?

There is no formal registration process to become a Half Century Trojan. All USC-degreed alumni automatically become Half Century Trojans once they reach the 50-year anniversary of receiving their undergraduate degree. For more information on becoming involved with Half Century Trojans, please contact the USC Alumni Association at (213) 740-2300 or e-mail.


Can I contribute to Scholarships?

Half Century Trojans strengthen the university’s legacy by sponsoring the Half Century Trojans Scholarship Program, which annually confers scholarships of $10,000 each to a number of direct descendants of Half Century Trojans. The scholarships, open only to continuing USC students, are awarded based on academic achievement, leadership potential and community service. For more information, please contact the USC Dornsife College of Letters, Arts & Sciences at (213) 740-5930 or click here.